I do cheerleading! All-star cheerleading. Not that school cheer stuff with pompoms. The definition of a sport is competing agaisnt other teams and having a goal. I'd like to see all you other people who say cheer isn't a sport do the flips (or technical term, tumbling) that we do. I'd like to see you lift up another girl who is your size or bigger and hold her up there and do a full stunt sequence without dropping her. I'd like to see you throw a girl in the air and actually catch her. Its proven that cheer is the most dangerous sport. Can't you just respect our sport because we respect yours.
I hate when people sit here and have the nerve to say that cheerleading is not a sport. They don't sit here and put people in the air at about 10 feet and then do a basket toss which is about 25 feet in the air. So yes, cheerleading is a sport. Cheerleading is what is most accounted for, for injuries. I am speaking on experience, I have had my nose broken and the doctor said that it was like a brick going to my nose at 40 mph. I get you you mad because you cant do what cheerleader do, its okay it will always be a sport that boys and girls love so get over it..... ITS A SPORT
Competition cheerleading is definitley a sport!! It is actually one of the highest risk injury sports in high school. The stunts these athletes do can get very dangerous. They do high basket tosses, skilled tumbling, and dance moves that can get crazy. Some teams perform stunts that are technically illegal in the cheer world, making it more dangerous.
Cheerleaders must be athletic and do many moves that incorporate acrobatics and dancing. They also compete for awards which require them to work as a team. The athletic ability combined with the teamwork that is required more than qualifies cheerleading to be defined as a sport. If running is a sport, so is cheerleading.
Cheering isn't just shaking one's booty for fifteen minutes on a stage! It requires tumbling moves, gymnastics training as well as dance moves. It is so different from when I was in school and all that was required was pom-pom shaking and yelling "go team!" My granddaughters are the "fliers" who are thrown up in the air by the boys (& incidentally boys cheer too) and twist and turn in the air before being caught (I HOPE) by the boys. They participate in state, regional and a national competition. If it was officially a sport there would be more supervision, an official trainer and medical supervision--leading to more safety for these young ATHLETES.
Cheerleading. What comes to mind when you hear this word? Is it those annoying girls on the sidelines of football games screaming cheers? Or is it the most popular girls of the school shaking pom poms? In the past, cheerleading has been referred to as a pep club to help bring up school spirit. This is not the case anymore. Cheerleading, unlike many other sports, has changed drastically since it first started out in 1880 and was (originally dominated by men). It now not only is a sport, but it is one of the most physically demanding and dangerous ones as proclaimed by sports critics and doctors.
You say that oh, all cheerleaders do is wear super-tight uniforms. My argument? If we don't wear them, so, so, so many injuries would occur. These uniforms protect the flyers and help keep them as small as possible to catch. Loose fitting clothing is very dangerous. All we do is shake our behinds? Well, actually, a cheer routine consists of a short dance, tumbling, jumps, stunting and many other things. We don't even get injuries? You receive bruise, after blister, after broken bone, after black eye. Cheerleading is extremely dangerous. And we have practice of at least 5 hours a week, minimum. And that's at least 3 days. Including weekends. And Mondays. Cheerleaders condition and exercise and stretch and run and condition some more. We have burning muscles and sooooo many injuries and sprains and breaks. Next time you complain cheerleaders aren't athletes, please pull out a double down or a full or a inverted jump. Please do.
Or at least change your opinion.
Im not sure if all of you watch cheerleading or not but cheerleading is definitely a sport. There are 6 definitions to being a sport:
• It must be a physical activity which involves propelling a mass through space or overcoming the resistance of mass. (We stunt which requires overcoming the resistance of mass)!
• “Contesting” or competing against/with an opponent is required. (Competition..)
• It must be governed by rules that explicitly define the time, space, and purpose of the contest and the conditions under which a winner is declared. (We have a Time limit, mat size, and score sheets… )!
• Acknowledgement that the primary purpose of the competition is a comparison of the relative skills of the participants. (Worlds, NCA, UCA are on ESPN)!
• The physical activity includes the above defined elements (do i need to explain this one)
• The primary purpose is competition verses other teams or individuals within a competition structure comparable to other ‘athletic’ activities.” (We go against hundreds of other teams while other "sports" go against 1 at a time)
We dont just shake our butt and yell to pump up the crowd. We throw ourselves upside down, twist, and land on our feet. Throw other people in the air and hoping we catch them while they twist and switch legs, and make it stable. We have to be perfect. In football you can make one mistake and fix it to win the game. Once we make a mistake we cant fix it or make up for it whatever is done is done....
I did all-star cheer leading for 8 years and it was extremely competitive. Scores are based on difficulty of stunts, jumps and tumbling, and synchronization. It requires a lot of stamina and strength, the best way I can describe doing an all-star routine is sprinting for 2-1/2 minutes straight with a 100 pound girl on your back. Honestly, if you think cheer leading isn't a sport then you don't know what cheer leading is.
My favorite cheerleading book ever (Cheerleading Secrets by Janey Trishon) says cheerleading isn't a sport. But I don't think that's the authors true view, more one supported by political decisions and legal judgments. When you read the book you see that cheerleading is a sport by any logical definition. I'm a cheerleader, so obviously I'm biased in my opinion, but cheerleading is physical (more so than many other so called sports, like golf for example), competitive and it is organized at local and national levels. How can it not be classified as a sport?
Yes, cheerleading is a sport. In much the same way that organized swimming is an event in the Olympics, cheerleading is a sport. It requires synchronization, practice, and athletic ability. While cheering on the team might seem relatively simple, the complicated routines and flips and tosses definitely require serious athleticism. The cheerleading competitions are also very intense and there are some great rivalries between these teams that combine to make cheerleading a legitimate sport.
We workout, we have practices, we have coaches, we tumble, we dance. We throw people and actually catch them. We aren't just a stereotype! We bust out butts to have the 2 minutes and 30 seconds of fame that we get. We train, workout, and spend time at the gym just like every other "Athlete" We work hard for what we get.
Cheerleading is the hardest sport to me. Ive played soccer softball, ive ran track, and ive been a dancer. By far cheerleading has been the hardest most dangerous sport ive done. We have competitions just like all the other sports do. We have rules just like all the other sports do. We train for months and months for one routine that is only 2 minutes and 30 seconds long. Id like to see you out there on that mat performing my routine and lifting 100 pound girls and tumbling.
There are people who say cheerleading is just preppy snobs dancing around with pom-poms but thats a stereo type. People don't understand cheerleading takes effort and strength. Cheerleading is a commitment. Cheer is actually one of the most dangerous sports there is so next time people want to say it's not a sport know what you're saying! THANK YOU
Have any of you guys over there ever READ the definition of a sport? No? Well, let me write it out for you: Sport- a contest or game in which people do certain physical activities according to a specific set of rules and compete against each other. I dont know about you, but I think that doing flips across a mat, over and over again, counts as physical activity. Cheer leading DEFINITELY has rules. There are penalties for everything that you can imagine. And, yes, we DO compete against each other. And to all of the people who say that there is no interaction, according to the definition, you dont need to have interaction between teams.
Cheer requires strength and skill. I'd like to see any non-cheerleader lift a hundred pound+ girl in the air and catch her. As being a cheerleader myself I know how hard it is. Many people don't know how hard it is until they try it themselves. It is harder than it looks.
Coming from experience, YES cheer leading is a sport. It takes hard work and dedication. And to all of you saying we don't get "messy" come to a full stunting practice, there are sweat, blood and tears. Before judging things that you don't know about, look into them a little more.
Cheer is a sport because stunting is dangerous,you could fall and get seriously hurt by falling out of a stunt. Thats how most girls get concusions,broke arms/legs, who ever says this isnt a sport is mostly guys,they think they are better than cheerleaders because they lift weights....? No,cheerleaders lift people,which to be a cheerleader you need to be strong
It is very athletic and they compete in competitions. It is in my opinion a sport!! My mom was a cheerleader and she said that it is very competitive and that she went to competitions through her school! So yes, I think that it is a sport and should be considered one
I do cheerleading and i've done it since i was 6, people say people do cheer for popularity and thats not right cause when i was 6 we didn't care about that! Cheerleading is a sport because just like any other sport you compete and you win titles. If schools have their own cheerleading squad then its a athletic sport.
Cheerleading follows almost all of the qualifications except one small thing! People who say its not a sport usually have never tried or have and aren't good at it. I believe that college cheerleading and competitive or all-star cheerleading are both sports or should be. I'm getting sick of the boys at my school billying me and my friends saying its not a sport. They mostly are into there little parkcore things and since they can do all these little flips that's only like 10% of the actually tumbling we di in cheerleading. They think they know what its all about. But they have no Idea.
The office of Civil Rights makes this determination. The Women’s Sports Foundation has narrowed the field down of what is considered a sport to these elements
• It must be a physical activity which involves propelling a mass through space or overcoming the resistance of mass. (Stunting… check)!
• “Contesting” or competing against/with an opponent is required (Competition… check)!
• It must be governed by rules that explicitly define the time, space, and purpose of the contest and the conditions under which a winner is declared. (Time limit, mat size, score sheets… check, check, check)!
• Acknowledgement that the primary purpose of the competition is a comparison of the relative skills of the participants. (You know those competitions on ESPN? Those are national championships… check)!
We have to practice as much as the other sports to get better and to get our routine for a competition.
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I'm in competitive cheerleading and of course it's a sport! It's more dangerous than football! They throw a two pound football and we throw 100 pound girls and we actually catch ours! Just because they tackle people well we catch people! Football is only one season, competitive cheer is all around
What peopledont understand is that cheerleading is a lot more than just "dance," its hard training, and throwing other girls in the air. Its tumbleling, and gymnastics. People who say cheerleading isnt a sport, need to sit down and shut-up. Join it then tell me its not a sport. People dont know what theyre talking about.
Why wouldn't it be? There's no good arguments why it wouldn't be a sport, it's as much a sport as football or soccer is. It's peoples attitudes that are the actual problem. Cheerleaders practice a lot, compete and all other things that athletes do, what are the actual differences? Besides, it is a sport now, it'll be in the next olympics.
Cheerleading is a sport that doesn't get recognized like it should. Check out varsity.Com and their explanation of why cheerleading is a sport! And "it's sexist" there is nothing about it that's sexist. Clearly the only cheerleaders you know are the Dallas cowgirl cheerleaders. They may wear short skirts and tiny tops but they do more in one day than you have done in a year.
Dictionary.Com defines a sport as "an athletic activity that requires physical prowess or skill and often a competitive nature."
Cheerleading definitely fulfills this criteria maybe even better than other activities commonly called sports.
The first part of the definition was "an athletic activity requiring skill or prowess". I don't know how many of you had actually paid attention to the cheerleaders besides just looking at them based off their looks, but their formations, flips, tumbles and tosses are kind of difficult to pull off.
I don't know if you and one of your friends have ever tried to chuck a hundred pound or more person in the air and catch him or her before, but it doesn't seem very easy to me.
On to the next part, "requiring skill or prowess." The previous activity I just explained, I think that would take a little bit of skill and prowess, not just something you pick up your first time.
Cheerleading is as much as a sport as football or hockey or any other sport that recieves a trophy. Its as dangerous as football because they both can equaly get hurt. Just as if football players have to remember a play cheerleaders have to remember their rutine. The tricks alone are dangerous just as getting tackled while trying to catch a football. I think men say it isnt a sport because they don't want to be out satged
Cheerleading rocks. It's strong. You need to have to push yourself and you need to always work out and you can't slack off & you always need to get your head in the game and also it takes a lot of work and time practicing. We have to save our flyers life if you're back spot. Without us they would be hitting the floor. Cheerleading needs to be a sport. Period.
Sport - an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature
Athlete - a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill.
* A physical activity which involves propelling a mass through space or overcoming the resistance of a mass.
* "Contesting" or competing against/with an opponent.
* Governed by the rules which explicitly define the time, space and purpose of the contest and the conditions under which a winner is declared.
* Acknowledged primary purpose of the competition is a comparison of the relative skills of the participants.
Cheerleading fits all of those categories. It is definitely a physical activity that defies gravity, cheerleaders contest opponents in competitions, which are becoming more and more the primary focus of cheer teams, there are definitely rules, time limits, space limits, and a purpose with a winner, and the winners are based on their skill.
So, yes, it is a sport
Sure, people see cheerleaders on the sideline and assume they know what they are talking about. Yes we "cheer on another sport","we do our make up","our hair looks good", but have you ever taken the time to see what cheerleaders do? Most people who assume cheer isn't a sport don't even have true reasons why.. Most sideline cheerleaders will be apart of a competition, but even if they aren't they put in as much time and work as football, or basketball players do! Have you ever seen stunting squads... You can't sit here and say a football player could possibly do that! Get your facts straight before you run your mouth!
Cheerleading is a sport because people think there is only one kind of cheer. But their wrong there are the sideline cheerleaders and the competitive cheerleaders. The competitive cheerleaders are competing for first place and the sideline cheerleaders are just there to scream "GO TEAM" but cheer is a sport so dont think anything different!
COMPETITIVE Cheerleading requires the strength of football, the ability of grace through dance, flexibility, gymnastics, lifting for stunts, and jumping. All of these things are done over a 2 minute and 30 second time period, and the participants are receiving the same amount of exercise, just not over an hour.
People that say cheer isn't a sport generally don't have any logical facts to back up their arguments. I'm here to tell you. I do have facts. Cheerleading is ranked in the top ten most dangerous sports in the world by to the Fox News Corporation. If it's ranking in the top ten most dangerous SPORTS ... How do people have the nerve to say it's not a sport? According to Webster’s dictionary, a sport is "an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment." Now if I remember correctly, cheer teams do run, work out, exercise, etc. Which is physical exertion. They do have many skills such as tumbling, stunting, and jumping, and they go to competitions (Hmm... Competitions a form of the word competes. Is that a coincidence? I think not!) where they compete against other squads for ENTERTAINMENT. Therefore, if a sport is being judged off of dictionary standards, cheer would have to be a sport because it meets all of the criteria. Why people are pin-headed enough to say that cheer isn't a sport, I will never know. They have obvious reasons to believe that it is. Actually, a reporter from the state of New York said that he believed that cheerleaders aren't real athletes. This reporter was assigned an article about a cheer competition. You see, the reporter’s blog talked only about how he was wrong. After attending the competition, he saw the hard work and athleticism that cheerleaders put into what they do. Alot of people say that cheerleaders are "prissy little ditzes that have no athletic ability". Wrong. What cheerleaders do, most people can't. Honestly, I'd like to see someone else pull of a back-tuck, a scorpion, or the splits. It's a lot harder than it looks! I've seen non-cheerers try it for the first time, and they've always said "Wow, you were right. This is a lot harder than it looks." So if any of you are still questioning if cheer is a sport yourself, try it, you won't be saying that afterwards.
You play football or basketball? That's awesome. We throw 100 Pound girls in the air, except we actually catch them. Learn the difference between competition cheerleading and football cheerleading. Meet me on the mat and then tell me its not a sport. Its currently the 5th most dangerous sport in the world, before football or any other real "sport".
According to the USSA, or United States Sports Academy, “Cheerleader falls from gymnastic-type stunts have been reported to have a greater impact than being tackled by a professional football player.” it's the number one fastest growing sport in the WORLD, with 79 countries, and 4.5 million participants. It is also one of the most DANGEROUS sports. Having more injuries and deaths than all other sports combined.
I am a cheerleader myself and I don't say "let's go team" for 5 minuets. I DO compete with other people! In fact I'm competing against 20 other teams at a competition on November 10th. We've been practicing stunts, our dance, jumps, our cheer, mad it's not a phony cheer either. It's a long loud cheer.
Cheerleaders work hard. A lot harder than anyone else does for any other sport. We go against other teams so therefore it is a sport. We have rules just like any other sport. Every other sport has a whole game to prove themselves. We have 2 minutes and 30 seconds. We have arms like body builders, flexibility like dancers, minds of an athlete, legs like soccer players and jumps like basketball players.
I think in some cases cheerleading can be a sport. I am a senior cheerleader at my high school. I don't necessarily consider what I do a "sport". I don't think that if you, like me, are sitting in the bleachers cheering for basketball or standing on the sideline can call what you do is a sport. I think the only way you can say that cheerleading is a sport is if you are involved in competition cheer. The whole point of a sport is to compete with other individuals or teams. And that is exactly what competition cheerleading is about. You compete agains other squads to WIN. If you are cheering for high school or college you do not take part in a sport at your school. If you are on a competition cheerleading squad you are.
I think in some cases cheerleading can be a sport. I am a senior cheerleader at my high school. I, however, do not consider what I do a sport. I think if you are, like me, sitting in bleachers cheering for basketball games or standing on the sidelines for football games you can't call it a "sport". I think the only way cheerleading can be a sport is if you are in competition cheerleading. The whole point of sports is that you're competing with another individual or team. That is exactly what competition cheer is about. You compete against tons of squads to WIN. Cheerleading for high school or even college athletics you do not take part in a sport. But if you are on a competition squad I see no problem in saying that what you do is a sport.
Us cheerleaders are probably to strongest human beings on earth in our bodies and in our minds. We spend half our life's working our hardest to get to the top only to be made fun of constantly. It's full of blood, sweat and tears buts it all worth it in the end.
Yes we get our hair done and we do our makeup but it's all for the performance we have to put on in front of hundreds of people. Cheerleaders are just as much athletes as any one else. For those of you saying it isn't a sport...I would like to see you lift a >100 pound girl in the air while she flips and pulls crazy body positions. I would like to see you do a double or a full or even a tuck. I would like to see you jump off the ground with your feet at your head and then flip out of it. Cheerleading is more than just yelling cheers on the sidelines of football games, it is 2 1/2 minutes of dying and leaving your heart out on the floor while stunting, jumping, and tumbling. Cheer isn't just a stupid thing people do to become popular, it's a lifestyle and it's hard work. If you honestly believe cheer isn't a sport you need to go to a practice (I suggest Cali Smoed) because it is much more than just doing our hair and our makeup and acting pretty.
As a male cheerleader I have been critisized by football, baseball, basketball, and even soccor plays telling me that cheerleading is not a sport. So I asked our coach if we can take one player from every sport and make the do what I have to do daily. My coach agreed they need to come down and try.
We had the stunt, tumble, condition, cheer and yes even co-ed. Still to this day I haven't been talk down to. Every one of them said that they were in pain after that day do to the fact they have under estimated what they put themself into
Tumbling. Stunting. Cheering. Jumps. Formations. Facials.
Try holding a 100 pound girl above your head while she contorts her body in ways you can't even imagine, and she is smiling like its her life. We make it look effortless right? Well, it's not. Cheer is not only training for months to flip through the air and in many different ways and land on your feet. It is not only jumping into the air and bringing your legs higher than your head is. It is not only pulling your body into positions that you have worked on forever, that shouldn't be humanly possible. Its not only holding, throwing, catching, flipping, passing, re-catching, re-gripping, balancing, and squeezing a girl that might very well be the same size as you in the air, above your head for periods of time. It's the art of doing all this and making it look effortless. We smile like we've never been hurt. Like there is nothing else we would rather be doing. Because we earned those tumbling passes. Earned those stunts. Earned those body positions. Earned the confidence.
Cheerleading requires weeks of preparation and time. Girls and boys work through blood sweat and tears to accomplish one goal and that is winning. Yeah, we might look good with our hair done and makeup while we are competing but that is because we don't have protective face masks or pads to cover it up. We perform death defying stunts with absolutely no protection. Just the hope that we won't fall. Also, we are not all done up at practice. As a cheerleader I have seen the worst of my teammates. Sweat dripping off our bodies, hair in the messiest buns you will ever see, and makeup melting off our face. We get one chance to win. Not an hour to redeem ourselves. So think about everything before you go knocking on this SPORT!!
To all of you that state that cheerleading is not a sport, it is. You all seem to say the same thing "cheerleading is not a sport because we do our makeup and hair and don't compete." These accusations are false. We actually only do our makeup and hair when we compete. Just like any other female athlete who tries to look nice when they are going to be on TV. And yes our makeup and hair DOES get messed up. This is not the point though, cheerleading is a also considered one of the most dangerous SPORTS there is. We compete, we get hurt, and we strive for perfection in our selves just like any other athlete, so before you go up to a cheerleader and try to knock what they work so hard for, think twice. YOU ARE WRONG.
I would like to see a football player throw a 115 lb. Girl up in the air and catch her after falling, or do a back handspring, Of course cheerleading is a sport! The argument that you don't have a "goal" as a cheerleader is invalid because you do have a goal: to improve, to catch your teammates as the land a stunt, and not die.
NCAA should recognize cheerleading as a national sport. This is a battle that will go on forever. For years football players, cheerleaders and other athletes have fought this. NCAA doesn’t recognize cheerleading as a sport although doctors have said that a large amount of their athletic injuries are cheerleaders. Broken legs, broken arms, concussions, it’s all a part of the SPORT. Yes I said sport. Competitive cheerleading falls under the definition of a sport, which is a game in which people do physical activities according to a specific set of rules to beat out other teams.
I have been an allstar cheerleader for 3 years and it it the hardest sport ive ever been apart of. Cheerleading does more physical activity than most sports and has a higher risk of injury. All that is put on top of the fact that we are supposed to look good while doing a routine.
We don't just dance and scream GO TEAM! We acutally try to win competitions. Look up the cheerleading worlds on Youtube. It is a sport. Tuck off oh wait you can't. It's a sport. Thats it. We work all year long to win competitions. I don't think football players can work through a routine in pain. They hurt themselvels them role over the field and get taking out of the game. It is a sport!
Just like any other sport it takes time and lots of hard work to master. We make the stunts, dances and cheers look easy because that's part of what we do. But they are much harder then outsider think it is. You wont understand until you fully become a cheerleader.
As a cheerleader we have to practice during the week and sometimes on the weekend to make our that our routine is clean and prosiest. It is not something that can be pulled together over night. We also compete against other cheerleading squads. We have to learn moves to our dances , cheers, chants, jumps and even motions. There are certain ways we have to do certain things in order to perfect our stunts.
I am a cheerleader and cheerleaders do get the brunt of people saying that cheerleading is not a sport. I say, to people, is gymnastics a sport, yes, is weight lifting considered, a sport yes, because both require energy and provide strength. Both of the activities are in cheerleading so y is cheerleading not called a sport. IT IS A SPORT.....
I have been cheering for 8 years. I am now not cheering sadly. I stopped because I got too many injuries. You may think cheerleaders try to look pretty and shake their butts, no thats not what we do. We bust our butts at every practice and we put our best effort in at competition. It is very intense and involves skill just like any other sport. It involves teamwork, practice dedication and more. I think cheerleading is also most dangerous. We are risking the lives of others in our hands.
If you think that cheerleading isn't a sport you are ignorant. If you believe that all they do is "do their hair and makeup" you are close minded and clearly too stupid to open your eyes. Cheerleading has been named the most dangerous sport over football, hockey, etc. Not only that, cheerleading also incudes boys and they aren't all gay like some of you stupid people will suggest. The boys on my cheer team have also played competitive football and baseball and other sports. My boyfriend is a 3 time state champion in wrestling and also plays football at his school and he came to my practice and couldn't finish our conditioning. If you think cheerleading isn't a sport, I want you to go to your backyard and do a back tuck or a full and tell me if you can do that without falling on your stupid little head. Cheerleaders don't wear pads, helmets, have sticks, all we use is our bodies. We throw girls up two times our height or size and make it look easy. So next time you say cheerleading isn't a sport, don't.
Cheerleading is one of the most dangerous sports a high schooler can take part in. For those saying that cheer isn't a sport because it doesn't have 'rules'? Uhm, excuse me, yes it does. In fact, there are massive handbooks about what a squad can and cannot do. And to those saying that it doesn't require any skill or real physical activity? I want to see you pick up a 130 pound girl in the palms of your hands, lift her over your head, throw her 15 feet in the air, and catch her, all with a smile on your face. Or, I want to see you tumble across a mat at 10-15 mph, stick it, and then go into a fast paced and challenging dance number, again, with a smile on your face the whole time. And for your information, cheerleaders DO work out. My team specifically does an hour and a half of abs, an hour of weight room, 45 minutes of running/carido, and up to an hour of stretching... EVERY PRACTICE. So yes, it most certainly a sport.
Cheer is a sport!! We throw people that weigh just was much as we do. Then they do things most people can't do on there bedroom floor. We twist jump and stunt. We can't just have anyone walk in and expect to be able to do it. You have to push through the pain no matter what. A girl cracked her head open at a competition and kept going! If a football player or baseball player gets hurt they crumble to the ground. Not us. Even if you are sick you are still out there. That is why cheer is a sport.
All-star competitive cheerleaders are certainly partaking in a sport! All-stars cheerleaders don't use poms, wave their arms at games or even ATTEND games! As a sport we fight harder than anyone, because we have to fight our stereotype along the way. Speaking from experience of MANY torn muscles from stretching, being unable to breathe from conditioning and constant full outs, and broken bones, of course it is a sport! We wear 'tight' clothes to make it easier to tumble and stunt, I don't think you would say that to a gymnast in a leotard! We have a goal, WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, which is aired on ESPN in ESPN wide worlds of SPORTS, not hobbies!
Cheerleading is just sexist, demeaning dancing. Cheerleading should not be considered its own sport since it is really just a lesser from of dance. Cheerleading is dance, end of story. Ugh I still have to fill in all these words. This isn't even a debate, it's so simple. Soo... yeah.
Cheerleaders wear makeup and get their hair done. I'm pretty sure that if they were actually working out it would get messy (which it dosen't). Most females that cheer do it to be popular. It is a new stereotype now. Mean popular cheerleaders do it just to have a good reputation.
Cheerleading is cheering on people who play sports. Yeah, they can do some cool stuff, but sports have a goal, and let me ask you: what is the goal of cheerleading? Answer: there is no goal. Sports have rules. Are there any rules for cheerleading? No! They just encourage a sports team to do better.
With no direct competition, and having results not concrete, but instead decided by a 3rd party. It is not considered a sport. There needs to be an option of an offense and defense in sporting, from chess, to tennis, to fishing, to football, there is a direct action I can undertake to win.
While it may take some skill and some effort to kick your legs up in the air, it takes no skill whatsoever to get up on a stage and shake your butt for 5 minutes straight. I believe that yelling, " lets go team," until half-time takes no effort whatsoever. This is exactly what cheerleading is and it is not a sport.
A sport is a game where you interact with other players. A competition is a game where you compete! If you can touch, interact or sabotage another team, it is a competition. I believe the same is true of many other events that are considered sports, like swimming, track, archery and shooting.
And for that matter, so-called 'sports' that don't involve direct competition aren't sports either, nor are those where the result is determined by judges. If you aren't competing directly with other people, you aren't playing a sport - being 'dangerous' or 'difficult' doesn't make it so. Walking up all the way to the top of the Empire State Building with the stairs isn't a sport, even though it is dangerous and difficult.
It's just a weaker form of gymnastics. Cheerleaders are just people who want to be popular and famous. If you were so passionate about tumbling and stunting, you would be participating in gymnastics. The argument that in cheerleading, throwing and catching cheerleaders is just as straining as any other sport is just an excuse that proves how stupid it is. Unless you can prove how cheerleading isn't a lesser form of gymnastics, it shouldn't be considered a sport.
My first argument lies in the scoring. In sports such as soccer, when a basket is made it is 2 points (aside foul shots and 3 pointers). It is as simple as that. In cheer leading , the score is based off of the opinion of judges. Judges can be biased so the score may be unfair. The score in real sports are based of off practically unarguable numbers (statistics). It's as simple as the ball goes in the goal, one point is given. My second argument lies in the casualty of the sport. When you are hanging out with your friends in a park or at a field one of your friends may turn around and say "Let's play some basketball" or "Let's race." Have you ever heard someone turn around and say "Let's play cheer" or "Let's have a cheer competition." there is a difference between a competition and a sport.. Cheer leading is a competition, NOT a sport.
Cheerleading isn't a sport. Simple as that. The NCAA and the US Department of Education does NOT consider it a sport. A college in Connecticut cut Women's volleyball, a real sport, and left cheerleading, which isn't a sport. Sports require competition, and cheering on the football team is not competition. So, all you people that say it is a sport........Good grief.
In a sport a judge/referee cannot determine who wins. And one teams play must effect how the other teams play. Ex: in football, if one team plays well and wins, the other team did not play as well. And cheerleading is about supporting a team and not about doing flips among flips among flips just to get scored by judges.
If you read almost every 'yes' vote, they say 'I'd like to see you do tumbling' but just because I can't do something doesn't make it a sport. Cheerleading is like a show, not a sport. There is no interaction between players. And besides, they aren't even called players, they're called CHEERleaders. That in itself proves that it isn't a sport.
Sports must contain a set goal to accomplish, whereas cheer leading is someone's opinion judging it. It is not a clear goal that is being scored. Yes it is physically active, no it is not a sport. So i don't understand why it can be considered a sport if the goal is simply an opinion
Cheer is so stupid. Not to hate, but there is way better things to do then cheerleading. All you do is shake your butts around and act like immature strippers. It is not fun to watch and it is just a east of time. A lot of you cheerleaders like to compare your sport to gymnastics. Well guess what? Gymnastics got voted the hardest sport I'm the world. I am a gymnast so I know how you cheerleaders are. RUDE. You always act stuck up and you cheerleaders think you are the beats and that everything aid about you. REALITY CHECK! Everything is not about you. And also when you guys say that, "weight lifters lift weights, but we lift people.," sorry but that is the debts thing ever because weight trainers lift like 600+ pounds while it takes two cheerleaders to lift one person that weighs like 100 pounds. Cheerleading is just like a chance to look all 'sexy' information of a crowd. And that definitely is not what a sport is about. So yeah, want some ice with that burn? OOOOOHHHHHH!
If a cheerleader asked me if I think cheerleading is a sport I would say did you win? How many points did you get? If they could not answer then cheerleading is NOT a sport! Cheerleaders also get their makeup and hair done. Do real athletes do that??? NO!!!!! If you know someone that is a cheerleader copy and paste this and send it to her. Thanks!
It isn't a sport because all you do is cheer up the crowd then sit on the sidelines until half-time. If you do it competitively then it's a sport but at school for like the football or basketball team it doesn't count! My friend did cheer leading and she says they didn't to anything.
Cheerleading is not a sport because, there is NO athletic ability. In every athletic sport there is constant movement from pingpong to tennis to soccer, to football. Yeah, you may toss people in the air but half the time you are saying, GO TEAM WOOH! There is no excersise involved and who that is a girl want to see other girls dance and yell their age?? Besides, it just annoys the team. Cheer is not a sport just an activity.
All they do is jump around for 2.5 minutes. Seriously? Is that what qualifies as a sport these days? And just because something is dangerous doesn't qualify it to be a sport. Doing any activity, you have a chance of being hurt. And it's demeaning. Wearing 10lbs of makeup to go compete? Real athletes don't do that. And wearing uniforms that show your stomach? There's no way you can tell me that's not demeaning, because male cheerleaders (which are few anyway) don't wear makeup or uniforms that show their stomachs. Only the girls. So explain that one!
2.5 minutes of competition? "Exercising" in an air conditioned gym with floor mats to break your fall each and every time? Five girls lifting a 100 lb girl in the air, which is about 20 lbs per person. It's not like they fall from a 10 story building it's more like 6 feet! I've never seen any cheerleader get hurt, and it is DEFINITELY not the most dangerous activity.
Cheerleading is 80% gymnastics and yes, gymnastics is a sport. I think competitive cheerleading is most definitely a sport! But, most of the time school cheerleading is not. All they do is cheer on crowds, most of the time they are annoying. Sorry, but if true cheerleading is a sport, then so is being a fan in the stands. All cheerleaders say is "Oh you lift footballs? We lift people" and it annoys me. If you are coordinated, then you can mostly play a couple of sports. Most cheerleaders are not, except a couple which cheering is not their main thing. Going to competitions is most definitely hard work, so some parts are very hard, and I would definitely consider competition and competitive a sport, but honestly, the hard part about cheerleading is gymnastics, which is a different thing.
Cheerleading is in no way a sport. Just because it's dangerous does not mean it's a sport. Is wrestling an alligator dangerous? Yes. Does that make it a sport? NO. Cheerleading is conducted to encourage audience enthusiasm. My grandma could do the same exact thing from her seat while watching my games. Your scoring is superficial, you get points off if your make-up, hair, or bow doesn't look right. Also, cheerleading requires no strategy whatsoever, you don't even need a brain to participate in this ACTIVITY.
You can spend hours training to be good at anything. That doesn't make it a sport. You can be really good at other difficult things that doesn't make them a sport. Cheerleading belongs in the list of physically exerting things like bodybuilding, power lifting, and gymnastics which are all competitions, not sports.
Cheerleading isn't a sport because it doesn't require enough talent for the required skill of the sport. Plus a judge ruled in a case for quinnapac university that it was illegal the school was removing the volleyball team and replacing it with a cheer squad, because cheerleading isn't a sport
It's in the supposed sport's name. Cheer leading is leading cheers for another sport, and is not inherently a sport, just as watching sports on TV and "cheering" for your team is not a sport. Just because people (girls and women) are desperate for the glamour and status that comes with flashing your crotch to strangers and yelling chants, does not lend itself to being called a sport. Cheerleading (unless at a specific competition) is not a sport because 1. It is not competitive (cheer teams are not playing against each other) 2. No score is kept 3. It is impossible to win or lose.
School Cheer isn't but competition is cause all in school you just yell and the crowd can yell all they want to but in competition you do flips and all-around and travel in school you go to your field or the other team's field .Competition you get to travel all around
It's dance with pom poms. If you are judged on how you look and good you can shake your butt then it's closer to stripping than a sport. Unless stripping gets a national championship. Where I work I have to listen to cheer moms talk about how their daughters won first place in this or that competition. How can every squad always get a first place? It's like a pyramid scam.
I bet all of the people who voted yes are actual cheerleaders! You are not doing anything to be fit unless you are in a competition. Other than that you just sit on the floor and clap your hands. Except when you are doing the Half-Time show. That is my opinion.
I play varsity soccer and football and those are sports. Waving your hands and yelling go team is definitely not a sport. What's the goal? What are the rules? Stay on the sidelines so the real sport can continue that's the rule. Cheerleading is certainly NOT a sport, at least in my perspective.